REVIEW – BE Villais / Nirwarna Villas
A long, but detailed review
Room looked like the advertised pictures. BE Villais and Nirwana Villa Estate are within the grounds of the old ‘Pan Pacific’ Golf Resort, which is now closed. The fairways and grassed expanses are still evident but overgrown, and the buildings are gradually being demolished.
The Nirwana Villas however are still very much there and on the beach front and from the information we were told, are not earmarked for demolition. We stayed in Villa something-or-other (sorry can’t remember the name) which showed signs of aging. I’m not sure of the condition of the other villas, but they all looked pretty much alike.
Our villa had upstairs rooms with a large balcony, and a downstairs living area with a bathroom and kitchen. Both upstairs and downstairs can use the balcony, lounge, kitchen and extra bathroom – possibly awkward if you don’t know the people in the other room and you decide all to use the shared living area at once! Nevertheless, this shared area was in a need of a good clean of mould (in the cupboards). We didn’t use this area and don’t think its been used for quite some time. The TV had been taken out of the lounge area.
Our bedroom was really large, as was the bathroom which had a huge shower and spa bath (which we didn’t use), two vanities and a separate toilet with bidet, all showing signs of aging. The toilet leaked and was stained, the second vanity leaked and the water shower pressure was quite poor and the hot water took quite a while to come through. So if you’re fussy and particular probably need to reconsider or discuss things with staff. We didn’t.
In the bedroom was a comfy large bed, two large robes (with drawers and hangers), two sofas, a small fridge, TV (with only Indonesian channels), desk and lamps. The air-conditioner worked great! Two bottles of water provided each day, along with towels, hair dryer, ironing board (why?), soap, shampoo and tissues. The vanity bench had plenty of space for toiletries. There was also a kettle but the coffee/tea needed replenishing. We didn’t use the kettle. The electrics mostly worked, there were nice big windows, lighting as usual in Bali was dull. There were no suitcase racks so we put ours on top of the drawers. There’s no in-room safe and no known set up with reception. Wifi was poor within the room but okay in the lobby area.
Breakfast was served looking at the beach, with a limited menu. We chose American with a choice of how eggs are cooked, with bacon and sausage but there was never any bacon. Sometimes we got potato and/or tomato. There was juice but never orange juice, only what was in stock – pineapple, guava and on the last day watermelon. We had coffee and/or tea (but had to keep asking for milk), toast, fruit and jam. Overall, quite adequate.
The Nirwana does not do lunch or dinner; there is apparently an arrangement to have food delivered from a limited menu, which didn’t have what we chose anyway. There is no bar and no walkable shops nearby, so you need to bring your own food and utilise the kitchen in the villa (not gonna do that on my holiday). So we hired a scooter from a staff member at Rp100,000 per day including x2 helmets, to explore around the complex as well as seek restaurants nearby. The nearest shop is a small Circle K near the main entrance, or go into Tanah Lot Temple markets, however be aware it costs Rp60,000 per person per day to enter! We found if we rode to the end of the resort property, there is a locked gate to ‘sneak’ into the back of the restaurants south of the temple – not sure how long that will be accessible.
Other times we went to restaurants up the road; we tried Depot Dini, Di’Sini and Meon Leon, all quite good. D’Sini does great chips and burgers, they also deliver. We also noticed a Starbucks a few kilometres up the road if so inclined. It really is quite isolated to such conveniences. The only spa salon we found was within the Tanah Lot market area, as was the best money changer too. Within the markets, we ate at Dewi Sinta and Natys which was very good and reasonably priced.
The views, the sunsets and the pool were all fabulous. However there were only four sunbeds and only one umbrella. It’s not a busy place but there could potentially be a sunbed issue if more people were there. Pool towels had to be requested.
Access to the beach is possible but not recommended; it’s black, tidal and rocky with a lot of rubbish. There were no dogs barking, roosters crowing, no smoke, traffic noise or ash. There was some noise from the demolition site, but not at all bothersome, in fact I think they were very considerate of the hours they operated.
We arrived about 1am which was no problem. We couldn’t organise an airport transfer through the hotel on the way because I couldn’t contact Nirwana directly, however it was Rp300,000 for a driver back to the airport.
Booked through Expedia – no issues. Overall, very relaxing, peaceful, quiet, scenic and recommended.
My partner and I stayed here for 10 days, it was the perfect relaxing getaway we had hoped for. The service was fantastic and the staff were very kind. The area is great if you are looking to see some sites too...Tanah Lot is just a short 10 minute walk through the resort, and you will see some amazing views along the way. There is a traditional Balinese restaurant a short walk from the property too, the fish was delicious. We can't wait to go back.
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